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COM honors graduates for 2010 Blue Chips


COM's Blue Chip Award-Winners - Images by Dominick Reuter

The Blue Chip Awards honor graduating seniors who have risen to the top of their class through outstanding academic performance, community service, and outside experience pertaining to their fields.

The 2010 winners are as follows:

Film and TV

Casey Berger will graduate summa cum laude from both the College of Communications and the College of Arts and Sciences, with a dual degree in film and television and philosophy. She is this year’s recipient of the Matchette Prize for Excellence in Philosophy and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. At Boston University, she has worked on numerous student films and produced an episode of the BUTV series “Shadows.” Off campus, she has worked for a local television station in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, and worked as an executive assistant for an entertainment attorney in Boston, whom she accompanied to the Cannes Film Festival last May. She is also an enthusiastic athlete: she participated in her first half-marathon in January, for which she raised over $4,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and she will be testing for her black belt in Taekwondo this June. She plans to pursue a career in the film industry.


Cecelia Hart is a broadcast journalism major from Virginia, graduating magna cum laude from the College of Communication. This spring, the Associated Press honored Cecelia with two awards for best hard news feature and best use of sound for two radio pieces she produced for Professor Anne Donohue. Cecelia is also a recipient of the Scarlet Key. Cecelia has a minor in women's studies, and has focused much of her work in radio and television on women's issues, specifically women's health. She dedicates this award to her parents, Kim and Linda Hart, and to her third parent, Professor Anne Donohue, without whom none of this would be possible.

Allison Kushner is graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree. Allison completed three majors and a minor during her time at Boston University. She hopes to combine her degrees in international relations, history and broadcast journalism to pursue a career as a foreign correspondent. During her undergraduate career, Allison interned at the Massachusetts State House and with New York State's Legal Department, was a member of three academic honor societies and Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. She also served as a resident assistant for Boston University and participated in two study abroad programs. Allison is currently a finalist for a fellowship in the Middle East where she hopes to pursue her career as a foreign correspondent.

Lyle Moran is graduating summa cum laude from Boston University with a degree in journalism and minor in history. He was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Lyle was initially interested in doing sports writing when he entered college, but found a passion for political writing during his participation in the Boston University Statehouse Program in his junior year. He was a Statehouse correspondent for the Lowell Sun and Berkshire Eagle as part of the program, and wrote about issues ranging from budget cuts to homelessness. Lyle interned for the New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University during the summer of 2009. As part of his work with NECIR, he helped research and write a story about the lack of state regulation of the mortgage industry during the housing crisis. He also worked on a stimulus-tracking project for ProPublica, an investigative news organization based in New York. In the fall of 2009, Lyle worked on a story about the Cash for Clunkers program, which was published on the front page of the Boston Globe on January 2, 2010. Lyle also has written for the Daily Free Press since he first stepped on campus. He was the business editor of the paper in Fall 2009 and previously wrote about sports and campus news. In recent months, he has freelanced for the Associated Press and the Statehouse News Service in Boston. Lyle will begin writing for the Associated Press in Boston starting in June 2010.

Jeannie Nuss studied journalism and Spanish literature at BU. She earned her first bylines at The Daily Free Press before working as a coop on the city desk of The Boston Globe. Jeannie interned for the Associated Press in Madrid, Spain, and Boston, where she contributed to print, online, and video coverage of breaking national stories, including Ted Kennedy’s funeral. During her senior year, she’s worked as a weekend reporter at the Globe. Jeannie is an aspiring foreign correspondent and speaks fluent Spanish and basic Arabic. She’s moving to Columbus, Ohio, next month to work for the AP.

Mass Communication, Public Relations and Advertising

Chelsea Starr Alexander loves showing her BU spirit and getting involved! An advertising major and a business administration and management minor, Chelsea has been actively involved within COM and on-campus activities including: COM Ambassador/Peer Advisor program, Delta Gamma, AdLab, PRSSA and Global Medical Brigades. She has also held numerous positions on BU’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) executive board. Mostly notably, Chelsea served twice as Event Coordinator of PRSSA’s annual PR Advanced conference. Chelsea has also taken her interest in communications outside the classroom and into several different sectors through internships with LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau, 360 Public Relations, Museum of Fine Arts—Boston and NBC Universal. Chelsea was recently awarded BU’s Senior Woman of the Year award for her participation and leadership on-campus. Chelsea plans to work in either Advertising or Public Relations and aspires to create integrated and effective communication campaigns.

Sarah Mosser graduates with a degree specializing in advertising and with a minor in art history and visual arts. When she's not running through the streets of Boston with the D1 track team she captains, she's absorbed in advertising. Last summer, she interned at an ad agency in Dublin, Ireland, where she mastered the art of slagging amid print ads and radio spots. As a senior, she was an art supervisor in AdLab, and a teacher's assistant to a design and new media course. She was also a creative member on BU's National Student Advertising Competition team, which has advanced to the national competition after placing first in the region. Her work has been on display, including this year's Community Benefit Ball poster she co-designed, and a wall mural she produced sophomore year that's still hanging in the Writing Center. Aside from her creative interests, she has volunteered with Student Food Rescue and been a member of the InterVarsity Athlete Chapter since freshman year. After four years, she can't get enough of Boston. She'll be leaving home in Buffalo, NY once again to attend graduate school at BU, working towards a masters degree in graphic design. Look out for Mosser as this year's COM commencement speaker!

Abigail Schreer is from Seattle, Washington but has had an incredible time while studying in Boston. She will graduate with a degree in Public Relations and a concentration in Women's Studies. Abigail was an active member of the College of Communication Student Assembly (COMSA) throughout her 4 years and this fall served as COMSA's Vice President of Student Affairs, planning the annual COMmunity Benefit Ball to benefit the Katie Bleck Scholarship Foundation. She also was privileged to serve as a COM Ambassador to the classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013. Abigail applied her COM knowledge through internships at the Boston Ballet and Broadway Across America- Boston as well as at Public Eye Communications, an entertainment publicity agency in London. Outside of COM, Abigail was on the planning committee for the BU's largest annual fundraiser, Dance Marathon and was extremely involved in BU On Broadway, BU's only musical theater performance group. For On Broadway, she performed, worked on technical crews and served 3 years on the Executive Board, 2 years as secretary and this year as the President, earning the OBie award for Most Valuable Senior.